Gasket Material from Stephens Gaskets

Gaskets are components of industrial applications that help to seal joints in order to prevent leaks, limit vibration, and enhance mounting. There are many different types of gaskets and each are classified by material, function, and application. Typically, a gasket is manufactured with a soft, flexible material and sits between two separate surfaces.


Which Gasket Material Should I Use?

Gasket material selection is critical.  To perform their function, gaskets are expected to be compressible and resilient.  After all, the purpose of a gasket sealant is to conform to the surface irregularities. The gasket material may need to limit the flow of gas or fluids, it may need to fill a very small or very large gap, because of the vast requirements of gasket it is important to know the qualities of gasket material.


The variables are endless, yet all must be taken into consideration to avoid potentially dangerous situations caused by gasket failure. To try and aid you in the process here is basic round of up gasket material and their applications.


Neoprene: although a form of rubber, Neoprene is a material in its own right. Neoprene is extremely strong and is resistant to weathering, ageing and abrasion. It also has stretchy and insulating properties, which make it a regular face in the aquatic leisure industry, most commonly in diving wetsuits. Because Neoprene is waterproof, and as previously mentioned, highly resistant and durable it can be used across a wide range of industries. It is also a great noise insulator so is very often used in house hold products where noise minimisation is required.


Novus: a compressed non-asbestos fibre based product with a high-grade rubber binder. It was created specifically for its resistance to acids, oils and fuels Novus washers and Novus gaskets that are manufactured by Stephens Gaskets have exceptional sealing qualities against both temperature and pressure, being able to withstand very low and high temperatures without failing.


Rubber: is an excellent soft gasket material that is used for pipe gaskets, heat exchangers, and man ways. These gaskets are used across a number of industries. The term rubber gasket encompasses a huge range of products, each of which has its own specific merits and properties


Cork: when combined with rubber, cork gaskets offer high flexibility and compression. These gaskets are commonly used in industries that use oil, fuel, and solvents, especially where compressibility and flexibility are paramount. Furthermore, rubber composite is water resistance, buoyant, fire resistant and highly impermeable. 


Different uses for Gaskets:

In addition to composition, Gaskets are commonly grouped by their industrial application and purpose; sealing, anti vibration, and mounting are the three most common uses.



Sealing is the most important function of a gasket. The primary function of many gaskets is to prevent leaks in industrial system. Most sealing gaskets are fashioned from rubber, as rubber is an excellent way to block water.


Anti Vibration:

All machines produce vibration and frequency. Anti vibration pads are gaskets that disrupt vibration and frequencies. By muffling vibration, the amount of energy that is wasted is limited. Damage from vibration is also stifled with an anti vibration gasket.


Our savvy team members stay up-to-date as industry standards change and new products are introduced.  They are ready to assist in making the proper gasket material selection.


As gasket manufacturers UK we have one of the largest ranges of gaskets available, plus we offer bespoke services which means we are your one stop shop no matter what your gasket needs.  You might also like to read our previous blog on gasket manufacturers uk.

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